Meeting in Astana format on Syria may be held in late November, says Russian envoy
A new meeting on the Syrian settlement in the Astana format may be held in late November. Russian Special Presidential Representative in the Middle East and the African Countries and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told journalists about it on Monday, TASS reports.
"A clear plan of further steps is being formed. Now the focus is on the development of the constitutional committee, but other contacts are also possible. I think there is the general understanding that it is necessary to gather in the Astana format," he said. "It will be in late November, most probably."
"As you know, two Syrian delegations - of the armed opposition and the government - always participate there. Issues that concern the situation in Idlib, the fourth de-escalation zone, are [important] now," Bogdanov noted.
The last international meeting on Syria was held on July 30-31 in Sochi.